Looks like Maggie an Marty are trading in investigating the mysterious return of the dead for actual crime. And they're weirdly better at robbery and murder than they are metaphysical questions. But the true star of Sunday was the different expressions of failed closure.
Sunday's episode broke down into Henry and Jacob and Marty and Maggie investigating Caleb. With a little bit of Pastor Tom thrown in for good measure
Henry and Jacob
With Kurtwood Smith turning in another heartbreaking performance, this was easily the best storyline this week. Henry is having hand cramps, which Maggie discovers had happened before: right after Jacob died the first time. This affects his ability to work in his hobbyist wood shop. Jacob comes in and asks to make a boat "like they used to." Causing a flashback to young Henry and Jacob putting toy boats into the river that Jacob died in.
Henry snaps "You don't belong here" to Jacob, but covers it with an explanation that the shop's too dangerous. Of course, that's not really what's bothering him. He and Lucille have an unrelenting uncomfortable conversation about Henry's complex feelings. Henry can't deal with Jacob, because he keeps remembering the pain of losing "their Jacob." Lucille responds by asking why there has to be two, why can't they be one and the same.
Henry explains that Jacob has never gone away for him, since he blames himself for teaching Jacob to love the river. Because of that guilt, he's never let Jacob go. Therefore, the returned Jacob is a second Jacob and he basically accuses Lucille of letting go of their son too easily.
In terms of plot, very little happened with Henry, Lucille, and Jacob this week. Instead, the show went for the emotions this week. Henry's inability to deal with Jacob is more than just a denial of the possibility, but instead something that brings up all his guilt about Jacob's death. Lucille, on the other hand, had only grief, which his return answers. Vastly different, but understandable responses.
Maggie and Marty's Investigation
The opening of the Langston tomb went nowhere this week, as they found the body of Jacob, wearing the exact same thing (down to the handwritten name on the shirt-tag) as the returned Jacob. M&M essentially shrug that off in favor of investigating Caleb's return, heading up to the hunting shack where he Caleb died of a heart attack.
On their way up there, Maggie notes that the river that Jacob died in is the same river they spread Caleb's ashes in, so maybe the river's the connection. Maggie grabs a sample of the water, but my guess is that, like the exhumation, this won't go anywhere for a while. Especially given that Maggie and Marty find the old family friend/bank robbery accomplice that Caleb murdered back in episode 2.
They find the holes Caleb dug at his hunting shack and the buried masks, which, along with newspaper clippings from the day Caleb died, leads Marty to the conclusion that Caleb was involved in the bank robbery they mention. So they decide to go talk to the guy who found Caleb dead the first time, but they find a bloody house and corpse.
Meanwhile, Caleb, like Jacob, is eating everything in the house. Add that to the similarity list. And when he brings Elaine a paper bag lunch, she breaks down crying because no one's taken care of her in so long. Now, before it looked like Caleb was just giving Elaine what she wanted to hear, but now we know that the bank that was robbed three years ago was the one Elaine worked at. So I revise my theory to say that Caleb somehow used some information Elaine had in order to rob the bank (like security shifts or secret alarms or whatever), and he's trying to make up for it now.
Which is interesting, because Elaine may just think her father's reformed, and he may even believe that. But, even discounting the murder, he isn't really. Because he hasn't come clean. He's trying to make amends without actually admitting fault and asking for forgiveness.
Assorted Bits and Pastor Tom
The remaining parts of this episode are evenly split between Pastor Tom and Fred Langston dealing with the news of his wife's infidelity.
As suspected, the villagers are freaked out by Lucille thinking her dead son's returned. They seem evenly split between "crazy" and "work of the devil." So they, without consulting Pastor Tom, vote to ban Lucille and Jacob from the church premises. Pastor Tom is not okay with this, telling one person that Jacob's return is a miracle from God and then fighting to board on the banning.
In return for his faith, Pastor Tom is rewarded by finding another resurrected person in his church. And, judging by the way she greeted him, they have some history.
Fred Langston's story was the other gripping part of Sunday's episode. He grills Jacob on what happened, asking if the man his wife was with when she died pushed her. Jacob is insistent that he tried to save his Aunt Barbara, repeating that he was trying to grab her by the arm and pull her to safety.
And in what I'm going to assume is his despair just needing an outlet, no matter how ridiculous, Fred goes into a bar and just goes into "Ever find out a nasty secret about someone after they died? I just found out my wife had an affair." He says he really wished that she'd been murdered by her lover, since then he could go after the guy. As it is though, he just says that he may not be able to contain himself if he sees the guy. The guy is, of course, sitting at the bar.
I almost hope Fred knew that, and gave the speech as a way of warning the guy and getting back at him a little.
The two Langston brothers, despite relying a bit too much on telling rather than showing, actually worked. Not only was the acting good, the two stories had a uniting theme: closure. Henry never let go of Jacob, so his return is forcing him to face that. Jacob's return also overturned whatever sense of closure Fred had, forcing him to reckon with a whole new reality. And he also denies him the easy kind of closure by saying that his wife wasn't murdered.
In weird way, Caleb's story is also about closure: the fallout from the unsolved bank robbery. Caleb is also dealing with this poorly, from murdering accomplices to overcompensating with his daughter.
Next week we'll see if Pastor Tom's Rachel fits this theme. (Given the promos hint to a romance that ended and Pastor Tom having to tell his wife that Rachel's back, I'm guessing yes.)